Thee Oh Sees Hurt My Ears In The Best Way Possible @ Fitzgerald’s

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Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

My introduction to this band, that has apparently been playing shows in and around Houston for quite some time, was the night before they were set to perform a gig downstairs at Fitzgerald’s a few nights ago. When a friend was telling me about them, I immediately heard their name as The OC’s, which gave me an instant negative connotation purely based on the immensely popular mid-2000’s serial-drama The OC. Well, upon further investigation later in the night when I returned home, I found out that wasn’t their name at all, and they were actually called Thee Oh Sees. After a few listens, I immediately learned that their brand of music would’ve been the type to never have been featured on the previously mentioned show. With a renewed opinion about the band, and an arsenal of recommendations from friends who seem to have a pretty good grasp on what’s going on in the music world, I strolled into Fitz with my camera just in time to catch the beginning of Thee Oh Sees set.

Check out the review and pictures after the jump.

I’m not going to go into their background, because I don’t know it. I’m not going to be comprehensive about what they played, because I don’t know it. What I’m going to basically say is that in the brief set they played, maybe forty five minutes and an encore, it was an aural explosion of a heavy bass/drums/keys groove matched by erratic distorted guitar solos and high registered male/female vocals. Each song had that same feel, really it felt like for just under an hour they played the same song, with a multitude of crescendos throughout. The times they stopped were truly forgotten as they served as a brief reminder that your mind was still there. All you could do was bob your head to a fast pace, as you tried to keep up with the other heads around you. A mosh pit would sprout from time to time, actually more like a jump around pit, but that’s what you get when enveloped by a huge pocket of Houston hip. Don’t get me wrong, this band killed it. I couldn’t have imagined them being so good by the shitty YouTube videos I caught the night before. They were everything punk rock should be, but never will be, all wrapped up in metal riffage, jamband song capacity, industrial fortitude and pure indie rock standards. I loved them.

Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

Hopefully, Houston will call their name again sometime very soon. If the swelling crowd that sweated out the entire performance before them was any sign, I have no doubt they’ll be playing the Fitz stage again in the near future. SXSW has them performing throughout, so maybe I’ll drunkenly stumble into one of their sets. What a good stumble that would be…

Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

Thee Oh Sees @ Fitzgerald's

Words and photos by Jim “Eggs” Bricker